Aomori Neputa Festival

Aomori city’s Neputa matsuri is one of the three big festivals in northern Japan, including Sendai’s Tanabata, and Akita city’s Kanto Matsuri. It’s become increasingly popular over the last few years, perhaps thanks… Continue reading

This Is A Pen

The first, and therefore, the most important phrase that Junior High school students learn in Japan: This Is A Pen. We made a video detailing all the likely scenarios when you could conceivably… Continue reading

Repurposed Railway

 Once JR trains ran through Mukogawa Gorge. Now hikers who like gorgeous scenery, but not overly much exertion, cross the sleepers.  Thankfully spared, for the time being, from becoming another of Japan’s many… Continue reading

Kansai Celebrations

Kansai Scene, the only English language magazine servicing Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, just turned 15 and we had an amazing birthday bash to celebrate it! Check out some of the fun, including the… Continue reading

Pureland Priestess

Kansai Scene presents an interview Ariya Sasaki, a young priestess of the Pureland sect of Buddhism. While female priestess were almost unheard of a generation ago, Ariya is determined to follow this path,… Continue reading

Jun and Me

Jun and Me, is a poetic, and slightly over-ambitious meditation on life, and consciousness by debut director and writer Kendall M Williams. The film is semi-autobiographical, as he pours his knowledge of philosophy,… Continue reading

East meets West fantasy blend photoshoot

Shitennoji is one of Osaka’s most beautiful shrines, with a killer festival in February. There is a spot, where both the pagoda, and the towers of sky-scraper Abeno Harakasu twin, which seemed perfect… Continue reading

Some shots of sakura

Sakura season has spun around again. Maybe it was the endless drudgery and chill of winter this year, maybe it was the poignancy of fragile flowers blooming under heavy rainclouds and wind, but… Continue reading

Street Cosplay In Nipponbashi

Anime nerds, gamer nerds, photography nerds, not-really-identifying-as-nerds-but-inte­rested, everyone! – come along to see the annual Nipponbashi Street Cosplay Festa! Enjoy some of the best costumes in Japan, some of the strangest poses, and… Continue reading

Rainy Days In Kyoto

What to do in Kyoto when it rains? Michael Lambe of Deep Kyoto suggests shopping in covered arcades like Teramachi, Shinkyogoku, and Nishikikoji Market; plays at the Minamiza; museums; cafes. Mandy Bartok of… Continue reading

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